Funky with a backbeat: Lake Street Dive drummer talks touring green and chart-topping release of ‘Obviously’

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WILMINGTON — Covid-19 has changed the way many industries function. As it turns out, rock ‘n’ roll isn’t exempt either — at least not for touring musicians.  For Lake Street Dive’s Mike Calabrese, it left him asking the question: “What’s worth giving up?” Sometimes playing upward of 300 gigs a year, the Brooklyn-based band — which is touring […]

In Photos: The Revivalists and SUSTO at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

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WILMINGTON — After being rescheduled from the Covid-19 gut punch of 2020, The Revivalists and SUSTO finally made it through Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on Sept. 28. RELATED: See more concert coverage here Charleston’s SUSTO opened to an eager crowd, according to MoonFrog media photographer Tom Dorgan, who captured scenes from the show. Dorgan said when the […]

In Photos: Counting Crows and Frank Turner at Live Oak Bank Pavilion

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WILMINGTON — Live Oak Bank at Riverfront Park provided a flashback to the ’90s when Counting Crows toured through Wilmington on Sept. 29 as part of the band’s Butter Miracle Tour 2021. The band released the first part of its eighth studio album, “Butter Miracle,” in May; it will release the second part at a […]

‘We were never a heavy metal rock band or wanted to be, frankly’: America tours through Wilmington for 50-year anniversary

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“It’s been the longest pause in action in 50-plus years,” America’s founding member Dewey Bunnell said from Red Bank, New Jersey. It was T-minus five hours before the band played its 14th stop on the latest 50th anniversary tour, which has them moving through Wilmington Saturday night at the Wilson Center. RELATED: Catch up on […]

In Photos: Gov’t Mule and Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave play Live Oak Bank Pavilion

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WILMINGTON — Gov’t Mule and Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave. toured through Wilmington on Sept. 23 at Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park. Trombone Shorty brought the Nawlins vibe to such an upbeat set, shared between both the crowd and the band. They fed off each other’s energy continuously. Gov’t Mule delivered a solid […]

In Photos: Trey Anastasio Band plays Wilmington for first time

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WILMINGTON, N.C. — Phish frontman Trey Anastasio made his debut in Wilmington on Sept. 24 at Live Oak Bank Pavilion at downtown’s Riverfront Park — full band in tact, nonetheless. RELATED: See more photos from local concerts It was a rough start to the current tour, as Trey Anastasio Band (TAB) lost its bassist, Tony Markellis, […]

Live Nation vaccination policy affects two local venues for duration of concert season

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WILMINGTON, N.C. — Throughout the summer, Live Nation has allowed bands to decide whether fans should show proof of vaccination or present a negative Covid-19 test to enter concerts. As of Monday, Oct. 4, the entertainment giant’s own policy will go into effect, requiring every concertgoer, artist and crew member to pony up the documents […]

Movies and music return to Town of Leland’s fall entertainment lineup

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LELAND — Free entertainment is coming to Leland this fall, as the town brings back its series of concerts and movies starting Thursday, Sept. 30. After going on hiatus in 2020 because of the pandemic, as state protocols limited gatherings, Live at the Park will welcome three bands outdoors in Founders Park (113 Town Hall Dr.) […]

In Photos: Band of Horses at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

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WILMINGTON — Band of Horses made their debut in Wilmington last Wednesday night — seemingly even surprising the band. “Why did we wait so long to come here?” frontman Ben Bridwell asked as Band of Horses (BOH) roared through a set of 15 or more songs. It’s been 12 years since BOH has played close to […]

In Photos: Santana at Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park

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WILMINGTON — The crowd came out in full force to support the iconic guitar-shredding Carlos Santana and his band on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park. Barely a grassy knoll was left on the lawn, nor a seat in the front section of the pavilion, as folks danced, swayed, sang […]